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Fiji, NZ, England, Wales win World Cup Sevens openers

The Canadian Press

6/28/2013 2:01:11 PM

MOSCOW -- Past champions Fiji, New Zealand, England and titleholder Wales made assured starts in World Cup Sevens rugby on an opening day when all results went as expected at Luzhniki Stadium on Friday.

Every team made a single appearance before a sparse crowd in the 1980 Olympic venue, with the pool games to be completed on Saturday before the playoffs on Sunday.

Fiji, the only two-time winner, blew away Tonga 45-0 with Metuisela Talebula and Watisoni Votu scoring two tries each.

New Zealand, the dominant team in the annual world series but winner of its only World Cup 12 years ago, beat Canada 31-12, and England came right in the second half to account for Portugal 21-7.

Wales, the surprise champion four years ago in Dubai, downed Uruguay 33-5.

Host Russia was spanked 31-0 by South Africa, and Philippines, the only team of the 24 making its debut, was run over by Kenya 45-5.